They go on board and when not even an ঘন্টা of flight has passed, they are bored.
House moves in his seat. ‘What if... umm... we play some kind of challenge game?? Each of us asks a প্রশ্ন to the other one, if we don't answer we have to pass a challenge proposed দ্বারা the other person. Right??’
‘Hmmm ok-ay...You go first.’
‘Sure.’ He thinks. ‘Hmm... Isn't it true that আপনি felt happy when আপনি knew we were gonna travel together??’
Cuddy sighs ‘Yes...’ and he smiles. ‘Okay, here I go. It’s true that আপনি bought the tickets thinking that I was gonna invite আপনি to come with me?’
‘Hmm... I... considered that possibility.’
Cuddy smiles to herself. ‘Okay, your turn.’
‘Hmm... is it true that আপনি like what has happened between us in this trip??’
‘Yes, the same as you, I don't need to ask আপনি that... Well my প্রশ্ন is... it’s true that আপনি always had some feelings for me? Since we were at বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় in Michigan.’
He looks at her. He would never answer that to her, too personal. ‘I'm not gonna answer... I choose challenge’
‘Okay, I want আপনি to shout SCHWEPPES!!!’
‘Schweppes?? Argg’ House looks around and coughs. ‘Ejem, ejem, SCHWEPPES!!!’ Then he feels stupid and hides his face with his hand. Cuddy smiles maliciously. ‘I have recorded আপনি with my cell phone. Your question.’
‘What? Screw you... Is it true that আপনি rathered have an only বিছানা in লন্ডন so we had to sleep together?? Há!!’
‘That’s stupid. I’m not gonna answer... Challenge.’
‘Stand up and explain in a loud voice to all the passenger that আপনি feel so bad, so ask if anyone has a laxative in their handbags.’
‘What? Are আপনি mad? What if I don't do it?’
‘You'll have a punishment.’
Cuddy looks at him. House has for sure that she’s not gonna do that, then she stands up. ‘Uh hum... Hi, passengers, atention please... My name is Lisa Cuddy and I wanna ask you, please... if আপনি have a laxative, because I feel really sick and my... and this guy sit পরবর্তি to me, has used the latest one we had.’
‘Yeah, because she cooks some dishes that could kill an হাতি and now, আপনি know, my organism has to purify itself... she took all the laxatives, 'cause she is incapable of eating her own food, so I just could find the last one but for her meals I need more.’ He winks at her and they sit down again.
‘Not as much as you! Cheat... Says he while shows his tongue to her and she looks at the ceiling.
‘Kid... Well here is my question: Since when do আপনি have the hots for me?’
‘Some time later আপনি started to have the hots for me.’
‘I know... Here I go: Would আপনি have wanted us to have a relationship??’
She stares at him speachless, but finally she উত্তর the question. ‘We couldn't have an adult relationship, and I don't want everything goes worse than now.’
He stares at her like if he wants to say something, then he looks at the ground. ‘Next question...’
‘Why are আপনি so scared of saying what আপনি feel? And that counts as my প্রশ্ন for the game.’
He stays looking at the ground and after some সেকেন্ড looks at her serious. ‘I don't want to be vulnerable... I don't wanna let other can hurt me... I don't wanna other get near to me and hurt them too... Happy?? This game is not fun anymore, perhaps we should sleep... অথবা blow our noses...’ He turns a bit on his seat.
‘That doesn’t have to be necessarily like that...’ He stays quiet. ‘Any other question?’
‘Yeah, sure... Why do আপনি care if I’m happy??’
‘I-I don't know... everybody deserves to be happy...’ He stares at her and she dares to ask the tricky question. ‘If আপনি had to choose, whom would আপনি choose Stacy অথবা me?’
House looks at her very serious. ‘It's enough Lisa...’
‘It was আপনি who wanted to play...’
‘I just wanted to pass the time, I didn't want আপনি to swim in my own crap and splash me, আপনি know??’
‘You suggested the game and gave me the rules, I just limited myself to play with that. If আপনি play, আপনি risk not to win.’
‘Win what?? We weren't gonna win anything!! It was just to keep us amused!! Is it supposed to be my fault now??’
‘We were having fun. আপনি can not get angry just because আপনি don't like a question.’
House sighs angry. ‘It's okay!! My fault. I don't want to play anymore.’
‘You haven't answered my last question.’
‘Why do আপনি wanna know that?? What happens if you're not my answer to your question?? Will আপনি still wanna know it??’
Cuddy stares at him. ‘Yes.’
House expected a "No" for that answer. ‘Argh, why are আপনি women so complicated??’
‘Women? No, why men complicate things? It's a simple প্রশ্ন with a simple answer.’
Greg stares at her. She’s right. “Come on, Greg, screw up the rest of your life...” thinks to himself, and then speaks slowly. ‘You.’
Lisa looks at him surprised. She didn't expect him saying that. Stacy was a very important person in his life and she thought that she was important for him too, but less than her. ‘S-seriously?’
‘You want me to have it tattuated on my forehead??’ He folds his arms and looks at the floor.
‘I don't know what to say... But why? I mean, why me instead of Stacy?’
‘Are আপনি gonna keep... putting your finger into the wound??’
‘You gave me an answer that I didn't expect, so it’s normal that I wanna know why.’ She feels confused.
‘A-at least আপনি haven't betrayed me like her... আপনি know, I mean this little problem with my leg.’
‘It’s just because of that? I also had something to do with your... leg.’
‘But she was responsible of me while I was in coma.’
‘But I was your doctor... I didn't know how to act.
‘But I told আপনি what I wanted আপনি to choose for me!! I just was gonna be in coma to stand the pain!!’
‘I don't regret what we did, if with that I got আপনি to survive.’
House looks away. ‘We've talked about this so many times. I'm not gonna get my leg cured, I'm not gonna forgive Stacy and we'll be as we've been until now.’
‘Yes? Look, I'm tired of you. It's true that your leg is not gonna get cured, but if আপনি do rehab অথবা ask for help -even I'll help আপনি if আপনি ask- আপনি may have less pain.
Stacy acted as well as she could, she didn't wanna see আপনি suffering. And with me... if that's what আপনি want okay. We’ll forget all this shit and that's all. I'm tired of trying something with you. I just wanna know one thing...What would আপনি have done if it was me who was on the verge of dying?’
House stares at her. ‘I would have প্রদত্ত my two legs to save you.’
Cuddy looks at him shocked. ‘That... that is... so nice from you’
She has a lot of confusing feelings at this moment and doesn’t know what to do. House leans his head against the headrest without saying anyting. Lisa remains in silence for a while, looking at the floor, but then she looks at House and approaches a bit আরো without saying anything.Then she kisses him.
‘This is some kind of sexual activity... you've just হারিয়ে গেছে our bet.’ House smiles.
‘We are not in লন্ডন yet’
House jokes. ‘Well... if we're not tecnically in London... we wouldn't infringe any rule if we... আপনি know... use... the toilets.’ House winks at her exaggeratedly.
She shakes her head smiling nervously. ‘You... and I... toilets...plane...What do আপনি want? প্রদর্শিত হচ্ছে me new places to have sex? First on the elevator, now in the toilets... what's the next? On the bed, on the floor, on the towel দ্বারা the door, in the tub, in the car, up against the minibar?’
‘Wo, wo, wo... I just was suggesting... hahaha.’
‘Are আপনি serious?’
House raises one eyebrow. ‘What if it was true??’
Cuddy blinks. ‘Uh-hh... eh... well for all the passenger we are using laxatives... It wouldn't be strange for us go to the bathroom...
House chuckles and raises one eyebrow. ‘Hmmm... I... got... to go to... the toilet...’ He stands up and Cuddy laughs and stays on her আসন for a while, surprised and nervous. Then she stands up and meets him there.
‘This is not very spacious.’Says Greg laughing silently.
It doesn’t matter... She closes the door after her and...
After the... turbulences, they go back to their seats giggling. ‘God, I can imagine when we tell our holidays to Wilson, it’s gonna be something like: নমস্কার Wilson! Yeah, আপনি know? I had sex with House in the plane.’
‘Yeah, he'll be shocked... we should have filmed it... so he could have some proofs haha.’
Cuddy laughs sarcasticly. ‘Ha-ha no... Are আপনি gonna tell him?’
‘I will write e-mails to every doctor, nurse and patient in the hospital.’
‘Ohh... fewer clinic hours and you're completely mine, I have আপনি eating from my hand.’
‘Ha!! A thing like this must be told. Fewer clinic hours can't impede it!!’
She looks serious at him. ‘You won’t. Besides, I still have a little reputation to preserve. আপনি can't tell everybody that I have sex with my employees in planes...’
‘And in elevators?’
‘May I tell at least that we had sex??’ Cuddy doesn’t answer, but shakes her head. Actually none of them wants to tell to anyone. They are having fun and it has taken twenty years to reach this situation. They don’t want to screw it up now. They want to have the chance to try and see how much the fun lasts.
When time passes they start playing another game. This time they have to say one thing they can’t stand from the other and later another good one to make up for it. Cuddy suggested the game, so Cuddy starts.
‘I can't stand your behavior with patients and their families and later is me who has to apologize, but the good thing is that you're the best doctor anyone can have.’
‘Okay... um... I can't stand when আপনি talk to Wilson in order to make him try to convince me about something... He’s on my side!!’ He chuckles. ‘But আপনি manage the hospital quite efficiently.’
Cuddy nods. ‘Hmm... I can't stand when আপনি come to my office yelling and demanding nonsense things when even আপনি know that they're dangerous... but I like that আপনি never give up when আপনি think you're right.’
They smile to each other and keep playing their sincerity game.
‘I hate when আপনি give priority to the patients' choice instead of my medical choice when আপনি know I'm right... But I like having your medical opinion in my cases.’
Playing this game is not bad at all. They are learning things they didn’t know, and what things they like o dislike. After all these years, they start opening up to each other, and this is a very big step for both.
Cuddy continues. ‘I hate when আপনি know I don't want to see আপনি and আপনি come to my house, অথবা আপনি know I'm on a তারিখ and আপনি come anyway. But I like that আপনি worry about me.’
‘Hmmm... I hate when your shirts don't let me see your neckline properly but I liked when আপনি were পরবর্তি to me when I was about to die, after Amber's death.’
Oh come on, আপনি needed me, I wasn't gonna leave আপনি alone...’ She remains thinking for a second. ‘I don't like when আপনি take advantage of Wilson, he is a good guy! And he stands you! But I like that আপনি two aren’t gays.’
House laughs. ‘Do আপনি feel happy we’re not gays?’ Greg jokes. ‘Actually if I were gay, I would ask Wilson to marry me. He's got those brown and shiny little eyes, the sweetest little bum I've ever seen, and...
‘Yeah, yeah!’ Cuddy stops him. ‘I get it... আপনি sure you’re not gay?
‘You sure you’re not a man, then?’
‘You’ve just checked it out...’
‘Fair enough... Well... where were we?... Ah yes! I hate when আপনি pretend to be so severe with me in the hospital 'cause I know আপনি melt when I walk পরবর্তি to আপনি but, anyway, I like when Wilson, আপনি and me meet and start arguing, it's rather fun.’
‘I don't melt! It’s আপনি who is excited when I walk পরবর্তি to you! I can notice that আপনি walk even faster to get closer to me!’
‘To see your boobs’
‘Whatever... I don't like when আপনি and Wilson conspire against me, and yes, I like when Wilson আপনি and me start arguing, but I like আরো when he goes and mum and dad start discussing.’
‘Hahaha. Good point. I dislike when আপনি and Wilson also conspire against me but I also like when আপনি come every morning to my office to bring me some cases.’
‘I dislike when আপনি ignore me and the cases I bring to আপনি but I like when আপনি come to my office to complain.’
‘I dislike when আপনি tell me off because I complain but I like when আপনি come to apologize when I was right.’
‘I dislike when আপনি flirt with Cameron at work but I like when আপনি knock her off.’
‘Uuuh that sounds jealousy!’ points House.
‘No, I'm not jealous! God! She is a kid... I only say that আপনি two work for me, if she is besotted with আপনি she doesn't work well... But I-I don't care if আপনি go out to ডিনার অথবা something like that with her... It's your problem, but at work both of আপনি belong to me.’
‘Wooow! What an impressive speech! Congratulations boss!’
‘You see? I don't like when আপনি do that.’
House pretends a sad face and she smiles.
‘But I like when আপনি put silly faces.’
House stares at her and finish the game. ‘I like you.’
From a loudspeaker the pilot announces that they will be landing in a few minutes. He asks people to remain in their seast and fasten their seatbelts; and that’s what Cuddy and House do.
‘Well, we are almost in London, our bet still stands?’
‘I don't know’... আপনি and little Greg... whoops, sorry, big Greg, could stand it?’
‘This body has energy for anything baby! Don't worry about me. Don't আপনি wanna go on with the bet?’
‘Actually... no, I don’t..’ They look and smile at each other as they didn't do since very long time ago.
When the plane lands, they take their luggage and House leads her to a very nice and nearby hotel.
To be continued...
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